LaSalle, Quebec

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LaSalle
Borough of Montreal
LaSalle February 2013.jpg
Motto: "Obstantia Amovet"  (Latin)
"He pushes away obstacles and casts aside difficulties"
Location of Lasalle borough on the Island of Montreal.  (Grey areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Location of Lasalle borough on the Island of Montreal.
(Grey areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Municipal borough City of Montreal
Region Montréal
Established 1845
City 1912
Merge with Montreal January 1, 2002
Electoral Districts
Federal

LaSalle—Émard
Provincial Marguerite-Bourgeoys
Government[1][2][3]
 • Type Borough and City Council
 • Mayor Manon Barbe
 • Federal MP(s) Hélène LeBlanc (NDP)
 • Quebec MNA(s) Robert Poëti (PLQ)
Area[4]
 • Total 16.38 km2 (6.32 sq mi)
Population (2011)[4][5]
 • Total 74,276
 • Density 4,534.6/km2 (11,745/sq mi)
 • Change (2006-11) Decrease0.7%
 • Dwellings (2006) 34,675
Demonym Lasallois, Lasallian
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code(s) H8N, H8P
Area code(s) 514/438
Website www.ville.montreal.qc.ca

LaSalle is a borough in the city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Prior to 2002, it was once a separate municipality. It was founded in 1912 as a town. LaSalle is located in the south-west portion of the Island of Montreal, located along the Saint Lawrence river.

History[edit]

Named for the area's first seigneur and French explorer Robert René Cavelier de La Salle (born at Rouen, France in 1643, died in Texas in 1687). LaSalle came into existence as a municipality in 1845 and finally became the City of LaSalle in 1912.

Lachine Rapids are situated inside LaSalle territory. The name Lachine, which is also the name of the neighboring borough, stayed because in the French Regime period, LaSalle was actually part of the Lachine Parish. Before the creation of the Lachine Canal, the rapids had to be portaged on a trail called "Chemin LaSalle" (what is now the LaSalle Boulevard).

It is known for its many public schools, most noticeably l'École secondaire Cavelier-de-LaSalle, known as one of the top talent producing schools in the field of dance, song, and the home of two Montreal Alouettes cheerleaders. The other common public school in LaSalle is LaSalle Community Comprehensive High School, opened many years ago, home to many cultures.

Michel Leduc, who served as Mayor from 1983 to December 31, 2001, was the last Mayor of an independent LaSalle.[6] Under Leduc, LaSalle became the first large city in Quebec to launch a large recycling. LaSalle was annexed by the city of Montreal on January 1, 2002,[6] along with a number of other cities on the Island of Montreal.

Geography[edit]

The Saint Lawrence River as viewed from Lasalle.

LaSalle is bounded by five adjacent municipalities and boroughs, these being Lachine towards the west, Verdun towards the south, the inner city neighborhood of Ville-Émard in correlation to the east Montreal West and the neighborhood of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce within the borough of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce towards the north, the latter two being divided by Autoroute 10 as well as the Lachine Canal. All complemented by the shore of the Saint Lawrence River, specifically a portion of the river known as the Lachine Rapids.



Government[edit]

The Borough Hall of LaSalle.

Federal and provincial elections[edit]

The entire borough is located within the federal riding of LaSalle—Émard. The sitting MP of LaSalle—Émard from 1988 to 2008 was Paul Martin of the Liberal Party of Canada, who served as prime minister of Canada from 2003 to 2006. The riding was a Liberal stronghold until the Canadian federal election of 2011, which saw the Orange Wave. Currently, the LaSalle—Émard riding is represented by Hélène LeBlanc of the New Democratic Party.

Provincially, most of the borough constitutes the electoral district of Marguerite-Bourgeoys, with the northwest corner being part of Marquette. Marguerite-Bourgeoys was represented by Monique Jérôme-Forget of the Quebec Liberal Party until her 2009 resignation. Since the September 4, 2012 Quebec provincial election, Marguerite-Bourgeoys is represented by Robert Poëti of the Quebec Liberal Party.

Borough government[edit]

The borough is divided into two districts.

  • Cecil-P.-Newman (North)
  • Sault-Saint-Louis (south)

The borough elects a borough mayor, two city councillors, and four borough councillors.

As of the November 3, 2013 Montreal municipal election, the current borough council consists of the following councillors:

District Position Name   Party
 — Borough mayor
City councillor
Manon Barbe   Pro action LaSalle
Cecil-P.-Newman City councillor Monique Vallée   Équipe Coderre
Borough councillor Serge Declos   Pro action LaSalle
Josée Troilo   Pro action LaSalle
Sault-Saint-Louis City councillor Richard Deschamps   Pro action LaSalle
Borough councillor Nancy Blanchet   Pro action LaSalle
Laura Palestini   Pro action LaSalle

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1966 48,322 —    
1971 72,920 +50.9%
1976 76,713 +5.2%
1981 76,299 −0.5%
1986 75,621 −0.9%
1991 73,804 −2.4%
1996 72,029 −2.4%
2001 73,983 +2.7%
2006 74,763 +1.1%
2011 74,276 −0.7%
[7]
Ethnic Origin[8] Population
Canadian 31,545
French 15,860
Italian 10,250
Irish 4,870
English 4,840
Scottish 3,190
East Indian 2,340
Chinese 2,035
Polish 1,875
Jamaican 1,375
Home language (2011)
Language Population Percentage (%)
French 28,035 40%
English 19,390 27%
Both English and French 2855 4%
Other languages 23,180 33%

As indicated by the 2011 census, the City of Montreal's borough of LaSalle has a population of 74,276. This demonstrates a decrease from the population indicated by the 2006 census, which was 74,763. Much like a substantial amount of other communities in the Greater Montreal area, LaSalle remains ethnically, racially and linguistically diverse. Visible minorities account for approximately 33.1% of the population,the largest and most notable groups being Black Canadians and South Asians. Linguistically, approximately 40% of LaSalle's residents speak French as their primary language at home, 27% speak English, nearly 4% speak both English and French, and 33% primarily speak some other language at home. As with most boroughs on the island of Montreal, a great number of LaSallians are bilingual, having 59% of the population possessing the capability to speak both French and English.

Religious distribution

Religion (2011)
Language Population Percentage (%)
Christianity 53,035 73.0%
Muslim 5,365 7.4%
Sikh 1,630 2.2%
Hindu 1,120 1.5%
Buddhist 955 1.3%
Jewish 350 0.5%
Other religions 220 0.3%
No religious affiliation 9,960 13.7%

Education[edit]

Post-secondary education[edit]

Cégep André-Laurendeau is in LaSalle.

Primary and secondary schools[edit]

The Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys operates Francophone public schools.[9]

Adult schools:

  • Centre d'éducation des adultes de LaSalle (the Clément and LaSalle buildings are in LaSalle)[10]

Professional development centres:

  • Centre intégré de mécanique, de métallurgie et d'électricité (CIMME)

Secondary schools:

Primary schools:

  • des Découvreurs
  • du Grand-Héron
  • du Petit-Collège
  • Henri-Forest
  • Laurendeau-Dunton
  • L'Eau-Vive
  • Notre-Dame-des-Rapides
  • Pierre-Rémy
  • Sainte-Catherine-Labouré
  • Sainte-Geneviève (Sud)

The Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) operates Anglophone public schools.

Secondary schools:

Primary schools:

  • Orchard Elementary School
  • Allion Elementary School
  • Children's World Elementary School
  • Saint Lawrence academy

Public libraries[edit]

The centre culturel l'Octogone houses the L'Octagone library

The Montreal Public Libraries Network operates the L'Octagone Branch in Lasalle.[11]

Cityscape[edit]

Fleming windmill, Lasalle

Among the LaSalle's attractions are Angrignon Mall, the Lachine Canal and the Canal de l'Aqueduc, with their recreational areas; the Octagone library; the Parc Angrignon; the Île aux Hérons migratory bird refuge; the Saints-Anges archeological site; Des Rapides Park; and the Fleming windmill, which is used as the borough's symbol. Other major installations include the Cégep André-Laurendeau.

Economy[edit]

LaSalle's main economic engines include industries and agrifoods:

Infrastructure[edit]

LaSalle is served by the LaSalle commuter train station on the Candiac Line. Route 138 passes through the borough before crossing the Honoré Mercier Bridge to Kahnawake. Other important thoroughfares include LaSalle, Newman, La Vérendrye, Bishop Power, Champlain, Shevchenko, Lapierre, Centrale and Jean-Brillon Boulevards.

Sports and recreation[edit]

Saint Lawrence River seen from LaSalle Blvd. bicycle path.

LaSalle also has various sports teams, the football association (Warriors), the hockey association (Cougars),the baseball association (LaSalle Cardinals) and the soccer association (Lasalle Rapids) which remain popular. The Cardinals play their home games at Stade Éloi-Viau.

Notable residents, former and current[edit]

Notable people[edit]

Notable athletes[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

http://www.census2006.ca/census-recensement/2006/dp-pd/prof/92-591/details/page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo1=CSD&Code1=2466040&Geo2=PR&Code2=24&Data=Count&SearchText=lasalle&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=24&B1=All&Custom= http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census01/products/highlight/ETO/Table1.cfm?T=501&Lang=E&GV=4&GID=2466040&Prov=24&S=1&O=D http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/pls/portal/docs/PAGE/MTL_STATS_FR/MEDIA/DOCUMENTS/PROFIL_SOCIOD%C9MO_LASALLE.PDF

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 45°25′43″N 73°39′48″W / 45.428568°N 73.663416°W / 45.428568; -73.663416